Sir John A. Macdonald was the first president of Canada (1867–1873, 1878–1891) and also one of Canada's Fathers of Confederation. He spend 19 years as Canadian Prime Minister; only William Lyon Mackenzie King served longer for longer. He saw through the railroad construction which united Canada as one nation. By the time of his death in 1891, Canada has secured most of the territories it occupies today.
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